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O'Malley Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed Maryland's same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, drawing cheers from the crowd of supporters gathered in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported.

Maryland becomes the eighth state in the country to legalize gay marriage, also joining the District of Columbia.

The measure passed the  and  last month, and supporters expect the issue to face referendum in November. Its approval by voters would hardly be guaranteed, however, as an October poll found that Marylanders were .

The law will not take effect until January 2013.

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jnrentz1 March 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Now maybe the Governor and the !@#$$%%^&**() Legislature can turn their attentions to some real needs of Maryland such as job creation. What do you think?
jnrentz1 March 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
In addition to job creation, the Maryland Legislature needs to address criminal justice issues, highway and traffic issues, clean air, clean water, revenue sources, and education.
gridlocksmith (Earl Shoop) March 05, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I have heard it suggested that the govt could stay out of "marriage" altogether, leave that for religious institutions, and issue civil unions to everybody... Divorce would be a matter of terminating the contract. Thoughts?
Tom Termini March 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Who do I write to in the Legislature to support this idea? Get govt out of our bedrooms, please.
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